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Miami Bans Glyphosate, the Infamous Monsanto Herbicide Polluting the City's Lakes

By Sophie Hirsh

Last week, the city of Miami passed a resolution banning the use of an infamous herbicide on city property. Beginning immediately, the city will no longer allow the use of glyphosate, a herbicide brought to the market by Monsanto under the name Roundup. Glyphosate is known to be a pollutant and is suspected to cause health issues including cancer, so environmentalists across the Florida city are undoubtedly applauding the bill.

Miami Waterkeeper, an environmental organization that aims to protect South Florida's watershed, announced the news about glyphosate's citywide ban on its website. As the nonprofit explained, the resolution was sponsored by Miami Commissioner Ken Russell and co-sponsored by Mayor Francis Suarez. It was presented at City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 28, and passed unanimously.

Russell told The Miami New Times that he got involved with the bill as a response to the "blue-green algae blooms, red tide, and fecal contamination" that recently surfaced in Miami. The explosive algae blooms in Florida's lakes may sound nice, but as reported by the The Miami Herald, they actually cover lakes with pollution taking the form of green slime. Furthermore, Miami Waterkeeper explained that glyphosate can destroy aquatic plant ecosystems, including coral reefs — and Russell clearly sees that.